Friday, October 23, 2015

in case it's a snow-free winter

I would say I'm looking forward to playing this, but it requires me to have either an XBone or a uber-gamer golden PC while I've got a cheese-class PC and a 360.  And no spare $$$ to pop for either the console or modern TV designed to run such stellar resolution.  The PC can't be upgraded to run modern games at decent framerate, because it's got integrated video rather than a mobo standoff card.  Ferpetesake, I'm still using a CRT teevee from 2004.  One of my friends actually joked about how I'm the last human in the USA to be without a flatscreen digital TV.

Maybe I'll be able to sell some ski gear for the $$ it would cost to get a modernist teevee and an XBone.  That makes a lot of sense.  $60 game requires ≥$600 in hardware purchase. 

I could always spend dead time writing and hope to get some $$ from keyboard battery, but an audience of nimrods and hesters who have dbl-digit SBs and a depth which mirrors the thickness of a sheet of vellum is no place to ply my palavering.  Not if historical reception is any clue, anyway.  The only hope for my scribbling is that a gaggle of pwoggy nimrods & hesters create a fad-bubble of Haterade (carbonated version) Belching and send it my way.  But what good would it do me to be hated by PBS and NPR fans, TED lecture fans, Hope&Change fans, Bernito Gasolini fans, etc?  No good at all, I'm afraid.  None whatever.

22 comments:

Honoria Helper, L.C.S.W. said...

Mr Redweld, you should be able to communicate with all sorts of people if your intellect, vocabulary and composition skills are as exemplary as you suggest. I find it quite simple to communicate with PBS and NPR fans, actually. Similarly I find TED lecture audiences eager to listen with minds open.

It may be that your difficulties are self-imposed. Could your disdain for progressives be the main hurdle you encounter? Shouldn't you want to reach everyone, including progressives?

Just my $0.02, anyway. Best wishes.

GungHo Gamer, P.E. said...

You can't really call yourself a gamer if your gaming rig is so antique, pal. You're just a poseur. Do you even know how to use Kinect? Hell, I bet you never played any of the prior Fallout games and are just trying to get props for mentioning F4. If you do play games, I bet you play on the easiest settings and don't hold any leaderboard positions. I would think board-based checkers to be the limits of your gaming intellect and aptitude but feel free to prove me wrong, pal.

Chet Redweld said...

GHG,

Keyboard Courage has struck you with great power, and your disdain is nearly something I can understand. Almost, but not quite. I'm sure you know that the world of video gaming has a big array of challenges offered for the prospective gamer, and there are many types of games with numerous sub-genres.

Given that landscape, I wonder: do you consider yourself the ArchGamer at or in all varieties of video game? Are you wizard-like not only in the challenge-terror of Dark Souls but also when playing Ratchet and Clank? Do you enjoy Eastern and Western gaming approaches equally?

More importantly, what's your ranking on Trials Fusion?

GungHo Gamer, P.E. said...

Trials Fusion? That game is shit. No button-punching combos to memorize. Real gaming is about button-mashing according to a complex scheme of button-mash commands. It's about memorization and repetition. That's the sign of a stellar intellect, an exemplary talent, a singular skill. Memorization. Eidetic memories are what the world's geniuses possess, and I'm sorry if you don't have one yourself, but that would definitely explain why you think you're better than you are, pal.

You seem to think ability to adapt in the moment, and eventual success from that adaptation, is a sign of uber-ness. But you're dead wrong, pal. Memorization skill is the only sign of godlike gaming skill. Memorization, and only memorization.

Honoria Helper, L.C.S.W. said...

Dear GungHo Gamer,

Your "disdain," as Mr Redweld has labelled it, is a rather large obstacle to people identifying with you. Most people want to identify with a positive upbeat person who isn't dragging his audience into wallowing despair with every remark. There's enough negativity in American society today without you adding to it. And while video gaming may seem far removed from the essential workings of American society, every bit of negativity adds toward the whole.

I agree with you about memorization being the truest skill and test of an intellectual prodigy, but you have to realize that only a tiny fraction of humanity has an eidetic memory. Those of us who do are duty-bound to make the difficult easy, the unknowable known. I don't see you pursuing that path, Mr Gamer.

Chet Redweld said...

Can either of you impressive holders of eidetic memory skills explain to me why the "photographic memory" is so useful? Is it because, for example, it would let you do away with a phone book because you could read it once over the span of an hour or so, and then throw it away or burn it because now it's in your mind?

I don't really see the advantages in memorizing details if you can't use the details fluidly. It's more like a parlor trick than an actual sign of true intellectual skill, isn't it? Skills are things you develop. Eidetics are like mutants, like heterochromic eyed humans. Having one blue eye and one green eye doesn't make you see better or anything like that, it's just a unique thing that veers toward circus freakshow display capacity.

GungHo Gamer, P.E. said...

Jealous of what you don't have, eh? So sorry. It's hard to explain the advantages if you don't possess them yourself. You wouldn't understand.

Honoria Helper, L.C.S.W. said...

Mr Redweld, what is a phone book used for these days? Everyone has a smartphone that will let you find any phone number with a few search steps. Books are so 19th century anyway. My kindle carries a huge number of books. I'd need a gigantic tractor-trailer escort to lug an equal number of physical books around with me.

This thread is showing me that your retrograde status and admiration for long-gone technologies might very well be your biggest existential hurdle. The future is now, Mr Redweld, and it's liable to leave you behind while you think so much about those antiquated notions of intelligence, skill, and information utility. Perhaps the 1970s were in sync with your viewpoint, but it's 40 years later now, Mr Redweld.

GungHo Gamer, P.E. said...

Yeah his gaming rig sounds like something from the 1970s too. Hell, I bet Redweld doesn't even like the idea of cybernetics and the way they will let us live forever.

When I played the Deus Ex series (completed every one of the games in under 4 hours, pal, at highest difficulty settings) I didn't understand why the game script writer was so down on cybernetics being the future of humanity. That kind of pessimism has no place in a society that keeps progressing by the moment.

Honoria Helper, L.C.S.W. said...

I am pleased to see you acknowledging the effects of a negative outlook, Mr Gamer.

GungHo Gamer, P.E. said...

Anyone who was alive in the 1970s doesn't matter anyway. They're just a bunch of reactionary geezers who didn't grow up fully connected via the internet and social media. They don't even understand reality. Reality isn't meatspace, you idiotic cavemen. Reality has transcended meatspace and is limited now to whatever you project into social media or other cloud or internet presence. You are the sum total of your internet posts and pictures. Nothing more. And if you don't maintain a strong social media and internet presence, you basically don't exist and may as well just kill yourself, or at least go live on a deserted island like the non-entity hermit you are.

Chet Redweld said...

I'm a little surprised that GHG hasn't yet offered his status on such analogy based games as Trials Fusion, Trials Evolution, Trials HD, or Skate 1 through 3. Could it be that GHG can't manage a game in which there is no credit/value given for the ability to memorize button-mash combos?

Skate has more room to display button-mash combo memorization, but it always hinges upon analog movement of the controller's joystick, a movement which replicates the weighting, unweighting and articulation of a skateboard.

I wonder if GHG ever tried to play any physical sports/games. Or is it possible that GHG is of the New School mindset, and thinks meatspace physical activity is for people stuck in a long-dead past?

GungHo Gamer, P.E. said...

Okay Redweld, I'll explain further. I already said the Trials games don't let me use my exceptional button combo memory skills. The real problem, however, is that they are just lower-class activities in simulation. Only low-born, uncouth people ride motorcycles. Besides, motorcycles are very unsafe. If you want to travel around on two wheels, I suggest a Segway. Or whatever Elon Musk has up his sleeve. But motorcycles and motorcycle trials? That's like saying you think McDonald's is haute cuisine. The more rarefied and exceptional of us would disagree because we know it's Shitfood for Shitpeople. So I guess that makes you a Shitperson, pal.

Chet Redweld said...

Are you confined to a wheelchair, GHG?

Paul Behrer said...

GHG seems like he probably fancies himself a wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking, but more honestly he's presenting online (which he says is truest essence) the attitude of know-it-all-despite-huge-blindspots like a wheelchair-bound Charles Krauthammer.

Chet Redweld said...

Why else would he disdain meatspace physical activity and exult ethereal projection of self?

"Yeah, I never played a sport, never rode a bicycle, avoided all physicality. But I graduated MCL from MIT with a BSEE. What have you done?"

He's fallen for the 2010s mantra of "engineers are the real movers of progress" and its attendant insistence that STEM is the future and notional synthesis is terribly stuck in the past.

He might not actually be in a wheelchair, but as he says himself, meatspace is irrelevant.

Karl Franz Ochstradt said...

In a society where Glenn Greenwald is a Constitutional Law expert and master of cybersecurity, and Edward Snowden is a "courageous whistleblower"? That's where a master projector like GHG can thrive.

I wonder: what's it like to have no conscience and no sense of right/wrong, only a sense of what's "popular" and what can be alleged to "progress" things? Do you know, Pablo? Know anyone who can explain that for us?

Paul Behrer said...

I know people who think that way, Karl, but whenever I put myself in their manner of thinking I end up like Thomas Harris's character Will Graham, overcome by empathizing with what some might call "evil". I'm reluctant to use that word "evil," but I would say that the thinking of these Cybernaut Heroes such as GHG above really isn't thinking at all, in fact it's antithetical to thought/contemplation and actually works the notable irony of being very reactionary.

Frank Lee, Professional Amateur Gamer said...

I'd like to see GungHo Gamer post his run times and medals for these fairly recently added Track Central (community-created) tracks on XBox360 Trials Fusion:

Goldrush (WounDEADone = creator)

SNOW WARS (MrKartera = creator)

Polar Extreme (ToothyTuba87 = creator)

Wertyfollium (xX16eliott16Xx = creator)

Or he could just tell us his gamertag and ranking on each track. For an impressive gamer such as himself, this should be an opportunity to shine. We can watch his replays if he tells us his gamertag & rank.


GungHo Gamer, PE said...

Sorry, but I'm strictly XBox One, PS4 and PC. That XBox 360 is grainy, like trying to blow up a 0.5 Megapixel image to a 24 x 36 inch display. It reminds me of playing Doom.

Paul Behrer said...

Chet: I think GHG is telling us, indirectly, that he has a Salsa Bucksaw Carbon X01 and just loves to ride it on well-groomed flow trails.

Frank: GHG can't manage analogy games so his antiquity dodge is a nice hidey-hole.

GungHo Gamer, PE said...

I would quit gaming if I had to rely on a cathode ray tube standard definition TV and an XBox 360. It's like using an abacus instead of a calculator app, or having and using a digital camera and .mp3 player separate from your phone's camera and internal media player. Might as well go back to Flintstones foot-powered cars and hunting brontosaurus with a spear for its hamburger meat.